Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation Raises Nearly $140k at Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Aug. 2, 2017 - PRLog -- The Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation (SMAF) is pleased to announce it has raised nearly $140,000 at its Annual Dinner Celebration and Auction, held last month at the DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway.

This year SMAF featured Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. The event was presented by title sponsor, Brown & Brown Insurance. The funds raised came through sponsorships, live auction sales and tickets for prizes.

The live auction, always a hit at the event, included a Stetson hat autographed by all artists who performed at the 2017 Country 500; an all-access NBC TV experience at the Coke Zero 400 for four; and a handmade leather DAYTONA 500 champion jacket autographed by Kurt Busch, the winner of the 2017 DAYTONA 500. Those proceeds will be used to support the immediate needs of SMA's mental health programs and services.

"With mental health being the number one community health priority for many of the communities SMA serves, we are proud of the Foundation's fundraising efforts," said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of SMAF. "Because of the continued support from our community, SMA is able to aggressively and strategically tackle this priority."

Volusia County Sheriff, Michael Chitwood, presented a check for $25,000 from forfeiture funds. These funds will be earmarked for drug prevention and/or education in our community.

This year's theme was "The Great Outdoors: Join the Adventure," inspired by Austin Dillon's love for hunting and fishing, which resulted in the recommended dress being 'camo couture.' In line with the theme, there was also live music by the Penny Creek Band, a contemporary bluegrass band from Melbourne, Florida.

"Our sold-out dinner may have been our very best to date," said Melissa Murphy, chair of the SMA Foundation board. "The support from our community, combined with a fun atmosphere, inspirational speakers and incredible sponsors made this an event to remember for the SMA Foundation and we are grateful to all who supported the event."

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About Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation

Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation and is eligible for tax-exempt contributions by the US Internal Revenue Service. They accept cash donations, stocks and securities, as well as land and property. They can be found online at or reached via telephone at 386-254-1136.

Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation was founded by Jim Foster at the request of Hal Marchman in 1997. The volunteer board of directors is comprised of leading professionals, business leaders, and citizens from the Volusia/Flagler area. The Foundation's sole mission is to build resources, public awareness, and research to support the programs of Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, the leading non-profit behavioral healthcare organization in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.

About SMA Behavioral

SMA Behavioral Healthcare has been serving the northeast Florida community with mental health and drug treatment services for over 50 years.  SMA provides more than 35 mental health and substance abuse programs, providing prevention, diversion, intervention, and treatment services, delivered to diverse client populations Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

SMA Behavioral Healthcare's mission is to deliver exceptional and comprehensive behavioral healthcare to individuals and families in our community. SMA's vision is of a community where addiction and mental illness are treated promptly, comprehensively and with respect for all. Contact SMA at 800-539-4228 or online at or stay connected on Facebook at

Cyndi Wysong
Source:Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation
Tags:Mental Health, Austin Dillon, Volusia County
Location:Daytona Beach - Florida - United States
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